In light of current tragedies

tree 005This is a wire Tree of Life shadowbox sculpture I did back in 2012 entitled Bayou Religion.  I did 3 of them.

I believe it is pretty appropo for today.  I hope you see why.  May they rest in peace.

Please please pray for peace, an end to violence and hate, and renewed hearts.

Let’s talk about commercials for a minute….

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I can not be the only one who is appalled by the violent, sadistic, sexually exploitive commercials on TV these days. My hubs says they are all bad to him, but I concede there are some entertaining commercials, it’s just that the bad ones generally out weigh the good commercials.

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be the one to say this but – what is this world coming to? Now, I’m not the sharpest pencil in the box but even I get embarrassed when an R rated commercial or movie trailer shows up between segments of my favorite TV shows. No warning, mind you, just appearing whether you want it or not. For heaven’s sake, my grandchildren could be watching, to say nothing about kids whose parents do not monitor what they watch. Nudity, sexuality, profanity, violence, killing. It’s all there for the open, fresh minds of our little ones.

Oh, and don’t forget access available to adults and children for those so-called Games. Anyone can get them, anyone can play them. The vast majority of which are predominately violent. Kill as many as you can. Be as gruesome as the controls allow. Let yourself become comfortable – no, jaded – by the blood-letting. Is there anything good about them except improving dexterity of the hands and fingers?

And they call it entertainment. Here’s a disclaimer for you: I don’t play games. I’m just not into it. Except xbox. I do play xbox when my baby grands come over. Usually bowling or racing. Nothing bloody, nobody dies. But since I don’t play the kind of games I’ve been talking about, not even on my beloved facebook, the opinion expressed here is my own. And I’m entitled to it so don’t be hating on me.

I do worry about the generations coming up. I know I sound like an old fogy but I feel like I have a valid point. Violence in the world is increased immeasurably. School shootings, mall shootings, kidnapping, rape, murder, home invasions. Oh. My. God. Could it have something to do with what is tattooed on our brains day in and day out by the media? Not only that, but look at the way we jam materialism down the throats of younger generations. We allow a message of ‘you aren’t any good unless you have the biggest house, the most clothes, the coolest whatever.‘ Every person has to have a phone. these days that is a given, and it is not a bad thing. But oh, not just a phone, the latest and best money can buy. Nobody looks you in the eye anymore. It’s the top of the head you’re looking at now. I’ve got a feeling future generations will have much longer thumbs.

And another thing…. We give our kids so much stuff. It seems they loose the value of things. They think they are having fun, but you know what I think? I think they become so distracted by all the toys, electronics, etc. at their beck and call, that they are just not able to focus on ONE thing at a time. Is that good or not so good? I don’t know. But I have seen some toddlers in a situation where there were so many toys and activities they ran from one to the other and couldn’t decide what to pick up next. (And everyone of those toys makes noise. LOTS of noise.) Concentration is affected.

I like electronics. I like progress and new things. I’m happy with how far mankind has come in terms of making our lives easier and more efficient. Really, I am. I am against the path society as a whole has taken in terms of what is acceptable in this day and age. I am against forcing negativity and violence on a vulnerable population. And I am against anything that will add to the currant explosion of ADHD and learning disabled kids, to say nothing of the message that killing, rape, etc is ok behavior.

Take a deep breath. This rant is over. Pray, people, pray.